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Seminar on Statelessness Determination Procedures: Policy Options, Practical Experiences and Challenges


Joint seminar hosted by EMN Ireland, within the Economic and Social Research Institute, and UNHCR Ireland.

This EMN Ireland/UNHCR Ireland event will present information on the experience of stateless people in Ireland, along with two case study examples of dedicated determination procedures adopted by the UK and France. Presenters will consider both the challenges and advantages in establishing a statelessness determination procedure. The panel discussion will provide an opportunity to consider the form that such a procedure might take in Ireland.

Date:     Thursday, 5 May 2016

Time:    9:30 - 12:30

Venue:  Economic and Social Research Institute, Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin 2


Please register on-line by 3 May 2016. There is no fee for attending this event.

Seminar Agenda:


Arrival and Registration





Alan Barrett, Director, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

Chair: Emma Quinn, Head of EMN Ireland


Statelessness in Ireland: Introduction and context

Susan McMonagle, Protection Assistant, UNHCR Ireland and

Anne Sheridan, Senior Policy Officer, EMN Ireland


Experiences of statelessness and practical obstacles to regularising status

Catherine Cosgrave, Legal Services Manager, Immigrant Council of Ireland

with contribution from speaker with experience of statelessness (tbc)


Tea / Coffee Break


UK statelessness determination: policy and practical experience

Lea Jones, Senior Policy Adviser, Asylum and Family Policy, Immigration and Border Policy Directorate, UK Home Office


French policy, experience and practice on statelessness

Mourad Derbak, Chef de la Division Europe, Bureau des Apatrides, OFPRA (Office Français de Protection des Réfugiés et des Apatrides)


Panel discussion

Chair: Hilkka Becker, Solicitor /Independent Legal Expert

Participants: Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service; Immigrant Council of Ireland; OFPRA (Office Français de Protection des Réfugiés et des Apatrides); Immigration and Border Policy Directorate (UK Home Office); UNHCR Ireland


Closing Remarks

Enda O'Neill, Head of Office, UNHCR Ireland


In 2014, UNHCR marked the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness with the launch of a 10 year campaign to end statelessness. Working to achieve greater political commitment to eradicate statelessness, the campaign seeks to resolve and prevent situations where people are not considered a national by any state.

As people without a nationality, stateless people may face many obstacles in their day to day lives. Opening bank accounts, signing employment contracts or even getting married can prove difficult when they cannot secure proof of their nationality or identity. The establishment of a statelessness determination procedure enables States to best assist stateless people overcome these challenges and enjoy their basic human rights.

In December 2015, the Council of the European Union’s Conclusions on Statelessness invited the European Commission to launch exchanges of good practices among Member States, using the European Migration Network as a platform to do so. While Ireland has not yet established a statelessness determination procedure, France has one of the longest established procedures in Europe and the UK introduced a new procedure three years ago. French and UK officials accordingly agreed to come to Ireland to share their experiences in establishing and operating such procedures in their respective countries.

How to find the ESRI:

The ESRI building is a pedestrian only square that is not immediately visible from the surrounding streets. A pedestrian entrance is located from Sir John Rogerson’s Quay (beside the large white Three Mobile building) and from Cardiff Lane beside the Clayton Hotel.

See: map and directions.

EMN Ireland is co-funded by the European Union (Directorate-General for Home Affairs) and the Department of Justice and Equality.

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